Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ready, Set, Go!

I know there are posts nearly identical to this one popping up all over blog-land this morning but I had to throw mine in the ring. Because I'm nostalgic like that. Because my kids love it. Because I have grandmas who call and complain.

Our first morning back with a schedule went off without a hitch, largely in part due to our amazing babysitter/neighbor/friend/all around amazing girl Carra who showed up at 7:30 this morning to primp my girls for their special day. Curls for Sienna, braids for Hannah and mountains of love and confidence were heaped upon them this morning and I couldn't be more thankful. We are so lucky to have Carra in our lives. Every family should have a Carra.

Spence missed the beauty parlor because he was out the door at 6:45 to...wait for it...catch the bus, which nearly killed me and has had me on the very of hyperventilating all morning. I know, I know, time to lengthen the leash but as the mom who has taken him to school every morning of his life, it kills me to literally watch him walk away. He was more than excited, showing his face at my bedside at exactly 6 am when his alarm went off. Middle school is going to be awesome for him, I can feel it already, but it will take some adjusting for his over-bearing mother.

All of this back-to-schoolness leaves just me and Auzzie home alone for the day and that won't even last for long as he starts preschool next week. After 11 years of round the clock mothering, I've earned 2 1/2 hours of alone time twice a week and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited. But those sweet faces? I'm going to miss them something fierce.

Good luck sweet kiddos.


tharker said...

I need a Carra in my life!! She's fabulous!

I love your kids pictures. Why do they have to grow up so fast?

Kelly said...

What a lovely morning to start the first day of school for you all. The girlies looked adorable and I love the confidence shining on Spencer's face. How on earth can Austin be starting preschool already? Enjoy your few hours of freedom... it does a mommy good!

Sarah said...

That Carra is gem for sure! Your girls look so cute and shiny with excitement! I can't believe Spencer has to catch the bus so early! I forgot middle school started way before the grade school's. I hope they all have an awesome day!

GS said...

Perfection! In the first picture, check Hannah's feet. We could call that fourth position. Maybe she has the dance gene after all!

dandee said...

I need to see your family more often. Every time you post pictures I swear they've grown by leaps and bounds!

Happy first day to you, friend. I'm sure it went as well as you were hoping! You have fantastic children.

TyLeen said...

I agree, everyone does need a Carra. When we moved from Pasco that was the one thing I knew for sure I was going to miss. Oh my Carra! You are lucky to have her in your lives.

Your kids look so excited for school. I hope everyone had a great first day...including you.

Johnson's favorite baby-sitter :) said...

Oh, Karen! Your word's are to kind! What am I going to do without you guys being a street away? I just love your family! You guys have been such a huge blessing in my life :) Thanks for supporting me in all my craziness!

Mimi said...

I hope their day was fantastic! And I can't wait to hear how the bus is going.

That Carra! She is tops!